Impressions of Pampanga

Things to know about Pampanga Province

The province is situated in the central part of Luzon. It is blessed with man-made as well as natural scenery and it is famous as the Culinary Center of the Philippines. The locals are just proud of their Kapampangan cuisine.

The two major industries of the province are fishing and farming. Their major products are the following – rice, tilapia, sugar cane and corn. Aside from farming and fishing the government also supports their flourishing cottage industries which specialize in furniture making, handicrafts, guitar making and wood carving. Pampanga is even famous for its “parols” a display of Christmas lights in different designs.

Cultural Attractions

Nayong Pilipino

It is situated in Clark Freeport Zone. Here you will be able to take a glimpse of what Filipino culture is. You will find replicas of famous historical Philippine landmarks. They have accommodating and friendly tour guides to answer any questions you have. You can even celebrate you special occasions here like birthdays, weddings or even business meetings like retreat or seminars. It can also be a great venue for relaxation or just to have quality bonding with your family.

Lodges are also available here and you will discover the rich lifestyle of the different natives in different regions in the Philippines. To mention a few is the Kalinga Houses which shows the rich Kalingan way of life. See also the newly created Torogan that is the typical house if the Moslems in Mindanao. Explore the architecture and artwork shown in their houses.

Gabaldon Schoolhouse

This schoolhouse is found in San Fernando city. This school is named after Isauro Gabaldon. He wrote Act 1801 which set aside one million funds for the creation of the school. These times were known to be the golden years of the public education system in the Philippines.

Historical Attractions

Clark Air Base

The base is in Clark. It was the largest American military base outside the United States. It covers an area of 33,653 hectares which consists of rolling rugged mountainous terrain and flat terrain. This former Clark Air base is not popular to tourist as Clark Freeport Zone.

Old Holy Family Academy Building

This building is located at Angeles City. The structure was built in 1910, but on this very site stood the convento built in 1873. This convento was used by the US army from year 1889 to 1902 as a military hospital and later on as troop barracks, arsenal section and officers quarters by the Japanese forces early 1942.

Other historical sites in Pampanga include Bacolor Municipal Hall at Bacolor; Bale Herencia at Angeles City; Bale Matua at Angeles City; Camalig at Angeles City; Clark Air Base Hospital, Clark Air-raid Bunker Tunnel, Clark Barn Houses, Clark Cemetery, Commander’s House, Dayrit Front Yard at Angeles City; Kamikaze East Airfield at Mabalacat; Kamikaze West Airfield at Clark; Kelly Theater at Clark; Lily Hill at Clark; Lily Hill Japanese Tunnel at Clark; and Malig Residence at Bacolor.

Man Made Attractions

Abe’s Farm

This farm is situated at the foothills of Mt. Arayat in Magalang, Pampanga. You will be able to enjoy the tasty culinary delights of Abe Restaurant. You will witness the magnificent beauty of Mt. Arayat. For more information you can check out their website

Angeles City Furniture Industry

Furniture making and wood carving is the two oldest professions in Angeles City. Its locals are highly skilled when it comes to furniture making. The furniture industry in Angeles City produces world class quality furniture from quality wrought iron furniture to export quality rattan. Other towns known for this enterprise are Guagua and Lubao.

Bren Z Guiao Convention & Sports Center

This center is located at San Fernando City. It is a multipurpose complex with a five thousand seat capacity convention hall, basketball court and an oval for competitions for Track and Field and is all air-conditioned. This center is a favorite venue for any regional or national sporting events; concerts and conventions.

Other man-made wonders in Pampanga includes AWEECA Weavers International at Pulungbulu, Angeles City; Bale Dutung at Pampanga; Basa Air Base at Florida Blanca; Candaba Hanging Bridge at Candaba; Candaba Swamp and Wild Duck Sanctuary at Candaba; Clark Education City at Clark; Clark Freeport Zone at Clark; Dara Falls at Porac; Del-Marco Marble Products at Angeles City; Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at Clark; Hilaga Cultural Village at San Fernando; Hilaga Nature Sanctuary at San Fernando; and the Marco Village at Mabalacat.

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